New Lanark World Heritage Site Visitor Centre Scotland

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New Lanark Visitor Centre, , South Lanarkshire, M11 9DB

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PreSchool, 5 to 7 years, 8 to 10 years, 11 to 13 years, 14 to 16 years, College, University

A wide range of interactive opportunities bringing learning to life in a special setting. Enjoy a choice of activities designed to support the Curriculum for Excellence and provide a valuable and interesting, cross-curricular learning.

Listed under: Day Trip Destinations | Tourism Organisations | Wildlife and Nature Reserves | Walking Tours | Picnic Areas | Parks and Gardens | Museums | Indoor Activity & Soft Play Centres | Historical Heritage | Historic Buildings | Factory Visits | Crafts | Educational Tours | Themed Attraction

What we offer

Engage and inspire your class with the story of New Lanark and many other exciting topics?

New Lanark World Heritage Site welcomes groups of all ages. The Site is a fantastic resource for schools to explore. We offer a range of fun interactive opportunities that bring learning to life in a very special setting.

Enjoy the Visitor Centre that is open all year round, along with a choice of activities that are designed to support the Curriculum for Excellence and provide a valuable and interesting, cross-curricular learning experience outside the classroom.


New Lanark is a former 18th century cotton spinning mill village which is now recognised as one of Scotland's 6 UNESCO World Heritage Sites of outstanding universal value. At New Lanark we welcome thousands of school children a year to our historic site to enjoy a variety of learning opportunities, as well as a fun day out.

The Scottish Government's heritage education travel subsidy is offered to schools throughout Scotland to encourage visits to heritage sites of national importance in support of Curriculum for Excellence and outdoor learning. This includes New Lanark World Heritage Site. Please contact us directly to discuss how you can apply for this.

What is the Travel Subsidy for?

It provides financial assistance with transport costs between your school and New Lanark for either teacher-led visits or for groups taking part in activities in the guided education programme. The subsidy is available all year round.

Who can apply?

Any Scottish school can apply, but funding is limited and not guaranteed. Applications should meet the following criteria:

The visit must be for a genuine educational purpose and booked in advance.

Applications should be made prior to the visit and all claims must be made within one month of the date of visiting.

Priority will be given to schools in areas with high indicators of multiple deprivation in accordance with the Scottish Government's Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation.

How much funding is available?

The subsidy covers 75% of transportation costs, up to a maximum of £250.

Cancellation Policy: If you cancel your booking, but rebook to visit within 3 months of the original visit date there is only a £25 administration fee. If you do not rebook you are liable to pay 50% of the cost of the booking.

What makes us a great choice?

Classes can explore our award-winning Visitor Centre that is open all year round, along with a choice of activities that are designed to support the Curriculum for Excellence and provide a valuable and interesting, cross-curricular learning experience outside the classroom.

We run special learning events throughout the year too, so there are plenty of reasons to come and see us!

We can offer learning experiences for all school levels

Pre-school to Primary 2. Curriculum Level: Early

How We Used To Live in the Past

A Look at Life in the Past: 1800s

Toys from the Past

Classroom Roleplay

Exploring the Senses

Outdoor play at Clearburn Play and Picnic Area

Self-led Visit or exclusive hire of the Interactive Gallery

Learning for Primary 3 to 7. Curriculum Level: First and Second

Discovery Tours: The Story of New Lanark, The Victorians, The, Industrial Revolution , A Settlement Study, Citizenship and Enterprise: Robert Owen and his Model Community

Classroom Roleplay Session

Self-led Visit

Interesting Exhibitions

Secondary - Study Tours:

The Story of New Lanark and Robert Owen

History: Textile Factories (Changing Britain 1760-1900 Unit)

Travel and Tourism

Geography (Aspects of Physical and Human Environment: Rivers, Land Use, Diversification, Tourism v Conservation and Renewable Energy)


What is typically included?

We can offer a full day of fun or a customised visit depending on your needs. We have great group rate deals for visiting learning groups and New Lanark is also part of the Scottish Government's Travel Subsidy Scheme for Scottish Schools.

A full day visit normally consists of a guided activity followed by time to visit the Annie McLeod Ride, Robert Owen's School for Children or other exhibition areas of interest with some free time for lunch, outdoor play and/or a visit to the gift shop! A schedule is created especially for your group to follow and make your visit as easy and enjoyable as possible.

Group Sizes Catered For

At New Lanark we can comfortably cater for any size of group.

Materials, Resources & Information Provided

We can provide:

- Risk Assessments

- Inspection Visits

- Free Places for Teachers

- Education Packs

Photography, Filming & Audio Restrictions

Yes - happy for all of the above.

Risk Assessment Details

Please contact us in advance of your booking to discuss arranging a risk assessment.

Education Officer Information

Our Learning Manager's details are: Aynsley Gough, Aynsley.gough@newlanark.org , 01555 661345

Pricing Information

Single Activity with Visitor Centre Admission: £4.60 per pupil/teacher

Double Activity with  Visitor Centre Admission: £6.15 per pupil/teacher

Visit Centre Admission Only / Self-led Visit: £3.85 per pupil/teacher

Learning seminar with Trust Expert: £75 flat fee for up to 20 people (£100 flat fee for 21+)

Clothing Requirements

Comfortable clothing is required with sensible shoes. Suitable outdoor / wet weather clothing is also recommended as our site is spread within outdoor spaces and indoor buildings.

First Aid Information

We do not have first aid on site.

Available Facilities

We have a range of facilities including two Education Rooms, the Historic Classroom (which is part of the New Lanark Visitor Centre), Packed Lunch Rooms (must be pre-booked) and on-site we also have a large Mill cafe and Mill Shops.

Accessibility & Disabled Facilities

Whilst a challenging site for some to move around, we have ensured all buildings comply with relevant access legislation and are accessible where possible. We also have a number of accessible toilets across the site.

Opening Hours & Information

We are open 7 days a week. 10am-5pm from April to October, and 10am-5pm from November - March.


Our visit gave the children a real context for their learning.

S2 teacher

I learned how special our Heritage is

P5 pupil

The class had a great active experience

P4 teacher

I want to bring my family to show them what I have learned

P3 pupil

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